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Brigalow Belt South bioregion assessment and project reports

The region

Located in the central north of the state, the Brigalow Belt South bioregion extends from Dubbo to the Queensland border (the bioregion also extends well into Queensland but only the NSW part was included in the assessment). The region includes the towns of Merriwa, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Moree and Warialda. It covers an area of 52,000 square kilometres in NSW, which makes up 6.2 per cent of the area of the state.

The assessment

In 1999 the NSW Government initiated the Brigalow and Nandewar western regional assessment to guide future planning and encourage partnerships to protect the environment. The assessment of the Brigalow Belt South ran from 1999 to 2002. The Nandewar assessment followed soon after.

The Brigalow region was assessed over two stages. The initial assessment (stage 1) focused on the Pilliga and Goonoo group of forests south of Narrabri. Stage 2 built on the first stage and included the wider bioregion in NSW. A range of projects included fauna and vegetation surveys, wood resources inventory, geology, minerals exploration potential, social and economic studies, Aboriginal heritage and community consultation.

The resources, maps, figures and data assembled from the Nandewar and Brigalow assessment have assisted in the development of a whole-of-government approach to land use and natural resource management.

A summary of the Brigalow and Nandewar decision is available along with the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005.

Community consultation

Community participation in the Brigalow Belt South bioregion assessment was substantial. It included detailed workshops with stakeholders and agencies and intensive development of options for management of the land. A liaison officer based in Dubbo was also in regular contact with community groups and individuals across the region.

Additional consultation with Aboriginal groups was coordinated by the Resource and Conservation Unit at Dubbo. Representatives of 17 local Aboriginal land councils and two traditional owner groups participated. The Aboriginal consultation project delivered:

  • forest management meetings with traditional owners
  • oral history and archival investigation
  • cultural heritage field survey
  • land management options development.

Brigalow project reports

State-wide projects

Brigalow projects stage 1

Project reports for stage 1 of the Brigalow and Nandewar western regional assessment, completed in 2000:

Brigalow project stage 2

Project reports for stage 2 of the assessment program completed in 2002:

Project Summaries (stage 2) (PDF 88KB)


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Page last updated: 11 July 2014